Need help in assessing your farm business options?
Taking Stock is a free 1:1 business assessment and support service using a consultant to assist in the collection and analysis of current financial and physical data with the aim of clarifying future farm business options. This is available to all levy paying farmers, regardless of who they supply. Call Murray Dairy on (03) 5833 5312. This program is supported by the Australian Government and Gardiner Foundation.
Feeding Pastures for Profit
Feeding Pastures for Profit (FPFP) program aims to help dairy farmers to develop skills and gain confidence in making decisions around:
1. How much pasture do I allocate to the herd today?
2. How much supplement should I be giving the herd today?
These decisions have a large impact on farm profit through making the most of the farm business’s available resources.
The program also provides information on:
- Growing more grass
- Profitable use of pastures and crops
- Efficient use of supplements.
Regional Network Group Meetings for January 2017
The upcoming RNG meetings are a great way to be more involved in our industry. These group meetings provide direct input to the planning of Murray Dairy's events for 2017 and also provide a direct link back to you from Murray Dairy. Come along, catch up with friends old and new and value add to the planning for the year ahead.
RNG meetings as follows:
North West is on Monday 23 Jan @ Bower Hotel Cohuna
Eastern is on Tuesday 24 Jan @ Shamrock Hotel Numurkah
Central is on Monday 30 Jan @ Blue Brick Hotel Kyabram
Riverina is on Tuesday 31 Jan @ Finley RSC
All start at 7pm with meal provided. Please contact Murray Dairy for more information.
Successful Summer Cropping Workshop
Murray Dairy’s Successful Summer Cropping Workshop will take place on Wednesday 25 January, 2017. Join us on a tour of the Riverina to see how summer crops are performing. Our hosts, Malcolm Holm and Rob Singleton, will talk us through their crop management, alongside Cropping Agronomist Matt Nihill who will discuss establishment, weed and nutrient management. Soil Scientist, Christian Bannan, will discuss the impacts of soil preparation, soil management and soil characteristics on crop development with the aid of soil pits on site.
RSVP now to Murray Dairy to secure a spot.
Nursing a downer cow is challenging and stressful – it can be difficult to provide a good nursing environment, know when to call for help or decide if euthanasia is the best option.
To help you make better decisions about managing downer cows and improve their welfare, Murray Dairy is hosting a half day workshop with Dr Phil Poulton – a leading dairy veterinarian based in Gippsland, on downer cow management.
Wednesday 1 February, 2017, Corryong
Thursday 2 February, 2017, Katunga
RSVP to Murray Dairy.
Autumn Start Up / Managing for Soil Success
These on farm days will examine and discuss options to remediate the soil impacts resulting from the prolonged wet winter. Soil Scientist Christian Bannan will use soil pits to discuss and demonstrate impacts and options to support a successful autumn sowing program.
Dates: Tuesday 7, Wednesday 8, Thursday 9, Tuesday 14, and Wednesday 15 February, 2017.
Venues: To be advised.
Contact Murray Dairy for more information.
Building a Remarkable Dairy Workforce
Mandy Johnson, best-selling author, speaker and business adviser will be presenting to dairy farmers the best techniques to help business recruitment, solving employment issues and how to get the best from your staff.
Mandy’s sessions will include:
- What's changing in the labour market
- Self-reflection - Your achievements and disappointments in the people area
- Attracting and hiring great recruits
- Performance Management - Getting the best from your people
Euthanasia of Livestock – Accredited Course
The welfare of animals is a dairy industry priority and the humane killing of cattle that are sick or injured is something that dairy farmers are required to deal with as part of good animal husbandry of all classes of livestock.
It is important that all steps are taken to safely, effectively and humanely destroy cattle to work within the law, meet the high industry and community expectations and most importantly, to deliver the best animal welfare outcomes.
The "Euthanasia of Livestock" course is an accredited training program supported by Dairy Australia which is now available to farmers and other livestock handlers in the Murray Dairy region. The course is delivered to small groups by expert veterinarian, Tristan Jubb, under the auspices of GOTAFE.
Dates as follows:
Wednesday 15 March, Corryong area.
Thursday 16 March, Numurkah area.
Please contact Murray Dairy for more information.
International Dairy Week, Tatura. 15 – 19 January 2017
Murray Dairy will be delivering two productivity seminars during the 2017 IDW at the Tatura Tennis Clubrooms. Details below or drop by our stand during the week for more information.
Seminar 1 : Lameness ‐ Animal Performance
Tuesday 17 January 2017, 11.00am
The Healthy Hooves program has been developed by Dairy Australia to assist with developing a preventative lameness program. This seminar covers a range of topics and includes:
- Lameness scoring
- How to build and maintain track
- Basic stock handing skills and cow behavior
- How to examine a lame cow and treatment of common forms of lameness
Wednesday 18 January 2017, 9.30am
Australian dairy farmers invest more than $100 million renovating pastures each year. Perennial ryegrass accounts for almost 80 per cent of this.
The Forage Value Index is a new tool that helps Australian dairy producers and their advisors to make more informed decisions when selecting perennial ryegrass cultivars. It provides an accurate, reliable and independent assessment of the potential economic value of perennial ryegrass cultivars in different dairy regions of southeast Australia.
Cool Cows - Dealing with Heat stress in Dairy Herds
Dairy Australia has a website to assist with the management of herds through warmer weather.
Australian Dairy Conference (ADC)
The 15th Annual Australian Dairy Conference is to be held at the National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide, South Australia. 14-16 February 2017.
Opportunity for young farmers - 2 tickets to the Australian Dairy Conference up for grabs
Murray Dairy is supporting two young farmers or employees from the region to attend the Australian Diary Conference to be held in South Australia this February. Successful applicants will receive one ticket to the conference plus $500 toward travel and accommodation. Applications close Monday 23 January 2017.
Dairy Support - Financial, health and community assistance
Dairy Farmer Central
Dairy Farmer Central is a website designed to be a central source of information on programs, initiatives and events for dairy farmers and their communities.
Rural Financial Counselling Service.
Free, independent and confidential assistance.
North East Victoria (Goulburn Valley Region): 1300 834 775
North West Victoria: 1300 769 489
Southern NSW: (02) 6452 5820
Rural Financial Counsellors can help you with:
- Farm Household Allowance Applications
- Dairy & Drought Concessional Loans
- Dairy Development Grants
- Assessing and understanding your financial position, identify options and develop an action plan to move forward.
- To find out more visit www.rfcsvicne.org.au or call one of the above phone numbers
To apply for the Farm Household Allowance contact the Rural Financial Counselling Service, numbers are listed above.
To find out how your FHA application is going call the Farmer Assistance Hotline on 132 316 (8am- 8pm).
A number of events and opportunities are on around our region. Please refer to the Murray Dairy website and calendar for more information.
Backpacker Tax - What You Need to Know
If you employ working holiday makers on your farm, from 1 January 2017 you must withhold 15% from every dollar earned up to $37, 000. You must register to use this rate. You can do this online at ato.gov.au/whmreg If you are registered for pay as you go withholding (PAYGW). You and your employees can confirm your registration using the ABN Look Up tool within five working days of registering.
Agriculture Victoria Courses
Making the Most of Your Water - a new 3 day course for irrigation farmers.
Do you have questions about irrigating but no-one to ask? This free course will improve your understanding of how to get the most out of your irrigation assets and options to improve water use efficiency.
Date and times:
Numurkah: 8,15 & 22 February 2017
Kyabram: 10,17 & 24 February 2017
To RSVP and reserve your place please contact Neil McLeod on (03) 5833 5250 by 27 January.
Very Fast Break
Seasonal climate and risk information for Victorian cropping regions. The newest edition now available.
Updated Seasonal forecast, BOM
BOM is regularly updated and the newest seasonal forecasts are now available.
Events, Courses and Training
Please see the Murray Dairy Events calendar for all dairy related events, training and courses happening throughout the region.
With best regards from the Murray Dairy team.
Chief Executive Officer